Wherever You Are, Be There

“So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts to wisdom.”

— Psalm 90:12

Sometimes somebody can be present with you, but they are actually far away. We should strive to “be there” in the midst of conversations we are often half absent from—that we might “be there” in the moments that we have to spend with spouse or child or parent or friend.

Those who do not live in the present are like the man in the following poem:

He was going to be all that mortal should be—Tomorrow;
No one should be kinder nor braver than he—Tomorrow.
A friend who was troubled and weary he knew,
Who’d be glad of a life and who needed it, too,
On him he would call and see what he could do—Tomorrow.

Each morning he stacked up the letters he’d write—Tomorrow;
More time he’d have to give others, he’d say—Tomorrow.

The greatest of workers this man would have been—Tomorrow. The world would have known him had he ever seen—Tomorrow, But the fact is he died and he faded from view, And all that he left here when living was through Was a mountain of things he intended to do—Tomorrow.

Wherever you are, be there…today, if possible. Ask God to teach you to live fully in the present that you may take advantage of every opportunity He gives you to serve Jesus Christ.

Lord Jesus, give us the strength to live in the present and fulfill all our duties of the day…